Preceded by short film THE SKY IS VERY PRETTY
US Premiere | Pre-Festival Event | Free Program – No Tickets Needed
Mom is a documentary exploring the emotionally turbulent conversation between a son and his estranged mother. Mexican Tzotzil director Xun Sero resents his mother for his upbringing, significantly marked by his father’s absence. Through a conversation between the two, unspoken truths are confessed, repressed emotions unleashed, and mother and son truly see each other for perhaps the first time. The revelation of the abuse faced by his mother uncovers Sero’s own violent tendencies towards women, the first being his own mother. The documentary addresses issues of violence and strives to stimulate a social conversation regarding the shame that keeps victims silent.
This film part of the Mobile Cinema Series is presented by UVA Arts: supported by the Office of the Provost & the Vice Provost for the Arts.
This film is also part of the Indigenous Americans in Film Series presented by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
This film is also part of the Highlighting Mexican Cinema series supported by Mexican Cultural Institute in D.C.
Friday, October 21
Market Street Park
Director: Xun Sero
Runtime: 80 min.
Language: Spanish, Tzotzil
Featuring: Hilda Rodríguez
A renowned poet and writer, Nikki Giovanni has penned more than 30 volumes of poetry and prose, including children’s books. Her many honors include Woman of the Year Awards from both Ebony and Mademoiselle magazines, Governor’s Awards from Tennessee and Virginia, and most recently, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize from the Poetry Foundation.
Filmmaker and artist Kevin Jerome Everson has made over 200 films that have been exhibited at Sundance, Berlinale, MoMA, the Whitney, and the Centre Pompidou, among many others. He is a Professor of Art at UVA.